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Team USA sends 16 skaters to world juniors

U.S. skaters compete against world's best juniors

Ashley Cain and Joshua Reagan will go for a world junior medal in pairs.
Ashley Cain and Joshua Reagan will go for a world junior medal in pairs. (Paul Harvath)


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By U.S. Figure Skating
(03/01/2011) - Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Sixteen U.S. skaters will compete Feb. 28-March 6 at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Gangneung City, Republic of Korea. Competition begins Wednesday, March 2, at the Gangneung Ice Arena with the short dance and pairs short program.

Leading the U.S. ladies contingent in Korea is reigning World Junior silver medalist Agnes Zawadzki. Zawadzki finished sixth at Skate Canada and fourth at the Rostelecom Cup in last fall's Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series before placing fourth at the 2011 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C. She is joined by Christina Gao and Courtney Hicks. Gao, who finished fifth at the 2011 U.S. Championships, is making her second appearance at the World Junior Championships, where she placed eighth a year ago. Hicks, the newly crowned U.S. junior titlist, makes her international debut at this event.

Max Aaron, the 2011 U.S. junior champion, makes his first appearance at the World Junior Championships. He medaled at both of his assignments in the 2010 Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series and placed fourth at the 2010 JGP Final. Keegan Messing looks to improve on his fourth-place finish at this event last season. After placing fifth at the JGP Final, Messing came in eighth at the 2011 U.S. Championships. Jason Brown, the 2010 U.S. junior champion, placed second and sixth at his JGP assignments in France and Japan, respectively.

Ashley Cain and Joshua Reagan, the newly minted U.S. junior champions, placed fifth at the 2010 JGP Final following a silver-medal showing at JGP Czech Republic and a fifth-place finish at JGP China. Cassie Andrews and Tim LeDuc are the 2011 U.S. junior bronze medalists. In their first season together, the duo placed eighth at their JGP assignment in Great Britain.

Charlotte Lichtman and Dean Copely look for their fourth medal of the season. Before becoming the 2011 U.S. junior champions, the duo finished on the podium at two JGP events-including on the top step in Austria-and placed fifth at the JGP Final. Lauri Bonacorsi and Travis Mager, the 2011 U.S. junior silver medalists, have a pair of JGP bronze medals to their credit. Rounding out the U.S. ice dancing contingent are Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus, the 2011 U.S. junior bronze medalists. The pair won their first international medal last fall with a second-place finish at JGP France.